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July 12, 2019:


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Well, dear readers, it is late and I must write these here notes in a hurry or there will be hell toupee and then some.  I have exactly three minutes to write these here notes if they’re to go up on time.  I suppose I could just stop here and be done with it but that would be unseemly and a stain on the integrity of these here notes, and we can’t have that, can we?  No, we cannot.  So, you will get full and unexpurgated notes simply because I don’t feel like writing purgated notes, whatever the HELL that might be.

Yesterday, I got a bit over eight hours of sleep, then began the day’s proofing, which really did occupy most of the day.  Some chapters had very few notes, but the big reveal chapter had more than the others because it’s so key to the book.  So, I wrote some very detailed notes on the playing of that sequence.  It really only involves re-recording about three of the longer speeches, but it will help. There was one moment where she hit it perfectly and that’s all she needs to do on the other speeches.  I took a break to go pick up a package, and I went to Gelson’s and got a cube steak and a baked potato.  I came home, proofed another couple of chapters, and then I took another break and made the cube steak and potato.  They were both good.  I use a lot of the whipped butter on the potato, but it’s  half the calories of regular butter.  But the good news is that the steak and potato (sans butter) are together only 437 calories, and I kind of doubt I had 500 calories’ worth of butter.

Then it was right back to proofing and I didn’t stop until I finished, which was around five-thirty.  That called for some Jell-O things (not authentic Jell-O but a reasonable facsimile of low calorie).  Then I caught up on e-mails, forwarded some orders, had some telephonic conversations, and finally sat on my couch like so much fish, where I promptly dozed off for forty minutes.

Once up, I watched the first half of a French Blu and Ray entitled Circus World, a Samuel Bronston Production of a Henry Hathaway film, starring the likes of John Wayne, Claudia Cardinale, Rita Hayworth, Lloyd Nolan, Richard Conte, and lots o’ circus performers.  I’d actually never seen the movie before, mostly due to its awful reputation.  I’ve had the Blu-ray since it came out years ago, and I’d definitely checked out the transfer, which was really excellent, made from the original eight-perf horizontal Technirama negative.  I actually rather enjoyed the first half and am looking forward to the second half. Rita Hayworth was quite touching in part one.  The stereo sound is robust.  That said, they must have misplaced the intermission music, because that’s taken from a scratchy, mono copy of the record, complete with skips and ticks and pops – embarrassing that they couldn’t find a stereo copy of the LP and spend the small dough it would have taken to clean it up.

After that, I listened to music and relaxed.

Today, I’ll hopefully arise after eight hours of sleep, then I have stuff to do, I’ll eat, I’ll hopefully pick up some packages, but mostly I have to sit with GEE and break down the two parts into manageable sections – I’ll probably take a softcover to a restaurant and sit and do it there. Then I’ll relax.

I’m not sure what the weekend holds.  Tomorrow, she of the Evil Eye comes, so there’s that.  I’ll talk to Diana Canova and I’m hoping we can have a meal and just talk about the book and the two characters therein.  Her instincts even in her audition were pretty spot on, though, so just a few things to chat about, really.  Then on Monday at noon o’clock we begin recording, and we finish on Tuesday.  Then the rest of the week is meetings and meals.

Well, dear readers, I must take the day, I must do the things I do, I must, for example, arise, do stuff, eat, hopefully pick up packages, break GEE down into sections for the recording, and then relax.  Today’s topic of discussion: It’s Friday – what is currently in your CD player and your DVD/Blu and Ray player?  I’ll start – CD, tons.  Blu-ray, the rest of Circus World.  Your turn.  Let’s have loads of lovely postings, shall we, whilst I hit the road to dreamland, happy to have finished fully unexpurgated notes.

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